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The Maldives Celebrates Arrival Of 1.5 Millionth Tourist In 2019

The Maldives welcomed its 1.5 millionth tourist of 2019 at Velana International Airport on 24th November 2019. This impressive milestone means that the Indian Ocean destination has now already surpassed the total number of visitor arrivals in 2018, when a total of 1.48 million international tourists visited. Continue reading

Maldives Marketing And Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) Announces New Tourism Strategy For 2020 With Stronger Focus On Sports, Culture and MICE Tourism

The Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) announced the new tourism strategy for 2020 during a press conference at World Travel Market 2019, which will include a stronger focus on promoting the rich culture of the Maldives and attracting niche markets such as MICE, culture and sports tourism. Continue reading

The Maldives Brings The ‘Sunny Side Of Life’ To London With The Destination’s Largest Outdoor Advertising Campaign In The UK

The Maldives brought “The Sunny Side of Life” to the grey skies of London this autumn with the launch of the advertising campaign on London buses and bus stops, and at Waterloo train station. Continue reading

Where to find GEC PR at World Travel Market London 2019

With just one week to go until this year’s WTM London, here’s all you need to know about where to find our team and meet our clients.

World Travel Market will take place from 4th – 6th November at ExCeL London, offering an opportunity to meet, network, catch up with the GEC PR team and brush up on the latest industry trends.

You can find us at the following stands at WTM:

Stand AS140Visit Maldives / Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation – Experience the “Sunny Side of Life” of Indian Ocean’s paradise destination

Stand AS530Madhya Pradesh Tourism – Explore the “Tiger State” of India

Stand AS800 Kyoto Traveler’s Inn (exhibiting as part of Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience) – A traditional hotel experience in the heart of Kyoto, Japan

Stand AS410 Odisha Tourism – Discover India’s ‘Best Kept Secret’

Stand NA340 Philadelphia CVB – The World Heritage City famous for its cheesesteaks and cultural attractions

Client Activities at WTM

Visit Maldives   (Stand AS140)

The Maldives has welcomed an influx of new resorts this year, including several new family-friendly and adult-only properties, as well as expanding its luxury portfolio with high-end properties. In 2019, the Maldives also welcomed an increase in airlift for UK travellers with the launch of a new five-times-weekly flight from London Heathrow to Malé, via Bahrain, with Gulf Air in late October. In 2020, developments at Velana International Airport will continue with a terminal expansion, which will mean the airport will be able to cater for over 7.5 million passengers.

Competition: Travel agents joining us at the @VisitMaldives stand will have the exciting chance to win a holiday to the Maldives. Visitors to the stand can also travel to the island nation virtually through the magic of virtual reality and enjoy on-stand Maldivian music performances from a band, as well as traditional snacks.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism   (Stand AS530)

Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in India and along with six tiger reserves, is home to mountains, architectural wonders, holy cities and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The state’s rich forests, which form about 25% of its land area, are a refuge for barking deer, leopards, cheetal, wild boars, blackbucks, nilgais and crocodiles. Sir David Attenborough’s recent BBC wildlife documentary series Dynasties included an episode filmed in Madhya Pradesh’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The central state has also been shortlisted in two prestigious categories at the International Travel and Tourism Awards, which will take place at WTM.

Competition: Delegates from Madhya Pradesh Tourism will be available for meetings and are looking forward to showcasing their extensive wildlife offering, exquisite traditional culture, rich heritage, cuisine, and Indian hospitality. One lucky travel agent will win a FAM trip to Madhya Pradesh, India’s ‘Tiger State’ and one of Lonely Planet’s ‘best value’ destinations for 2020. To stand a chance of winning, agents should book in a meeting with the tourist board by emailing MPT@gecpr.co.uk and answer a question about the state in order to enter a business card prize draw.

Kyoto Traveler’s Inn (exhibiting as part of Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience on stand AS800)

Kyoto Traveler’s Inn, which is a seven-minute walk away from Higashiyama Subway Station, is well-suited for those who want to see the sites of Kyoto when visiting Japan for the 2020 Olympics since many of the city’s shrines and temples are located within walking distance from the hotel. For those looking for a truly Japanese experience, the hotel offers guests the chance to stay in traditional Japanese accommodation with futon bedding and tatami flooring.

Competition: Try on a real kimono from Kyoto DMC Hotel and Experience on the Japan National Tourism Organization stand (AS800) for a chance to win a three-night stay for two at Kyoto Traveler’s Inn when you post your kimono selfie and tag #KimonoKyoto and @kyototravellersinn on Instagram or @kyoto.travellersinn on Facebook.

Odisha Tourism (Stand AS410)

The ‘soul state’ of Odisha is India’s best kept secret and a hidden gem for UK travellers planning a visit to India. Situated on the east coast of India, Odisha is gifted with uncrowded and unspoilt beaches such as Gopalpur, Chandipur, Puri and Konark. A land steeped in history and mythology, the serene state is well-known within India for its ancient temples, tribal cultures, and abundance of natural beauty, including Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary and Chilka Lake, which is Asia’s largest inland salt water lagoon and home to large flocks of flamingos.

Competition: To stand a chance of winning a trip to Odisha, book in a WTM meeting with the tourist board by emailing odisha@gecpr.co.uk to learn about Odisha’s secrets and enter a business card prize draw during your meeting.

Women in Travel

The social enterprise dedicated to empowering women through employability and entrepreneurship in the travel industry, will host the following events at WTM this year:

The Maldives Sponsors Gala Dinner At Celtic Manor Resort’s 2019 Celebrity Cup Golf Event

The Maldives sponsored a gala dinner and drinks reception at Celtic Manor Resort’s Celebrity Cup in Newport, South Wales, from 13th – 14th July 2019, marking the first time a tourism brand has got involved in this prestigious golf event.

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The Maldives Showcases Its Offerings For Holidaymakers At Five Leading Travel Trade Shows

To further develop and strengthen the Maldives’ position as a leading destination for European holidaymakers, representatives from Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) met with travel industry contacts and travel trade media at five prestigious industry shows throughout the first quarter of 2019. Continue reading

Plan An ‘Egg-Stravagent’ Family Holiday To The Maldives This Easter

The Maldives offers families an Easter to remember this April with a ‘cracking’ line-up of events planned. Fun-filled activities for families include Easter egg hunts and a visiting astronomer at Soneva Fushi, art and sand sculpturing classes at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and Easter movie nights at Angsana Velavaru. Continue reading